When Roy Hodgson took charge of Crystal Palace they were reeling at the bottom of the Premier League having lost their opening seven matches.
It has taken a herculean effort from the players and the manager to turn things around, and everyone associated with the club can now look back at their achievement with great pride.
On Saturday, Palace secured their Premier League status with a fantastic 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the bet365 stadium. The win ensured their Premier League status for the sixth consecutive season.
The defeat, however, was a bitter pill to swallow for the Stoke City fans, as they got relegated to the Championship after a 10-year stay at the top flight.
Stoke City took the lead in the first half through Xherdan Shaqiri who scored from a free-kick. Palace returned strongly in the game after the break, and got the equaliser through James McArthur.
Patrick van Aanholt netted the winner in the 86th minute to seal all three points for the visitors. Palace players took to Twitter after the game to celebrate the victory.
PREMIER LEAGUE STATUS SECURED ❤?
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) May 5, 2018
What a privilege it is to play with such a talented and passionate group of players ???? and wow our fans honestly your the ones who keep us digging in to grind them results out!????safe trip back ??
— Martin Kelly (@MartinKelly1990) May 5, 2018
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) May 5, 2018
— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho) May 5, 2018
— Timothy fosu-mensah (@tfosumensah) May 5, 2018
Premier league status secured!✅ Massively deserved! Fans absolutely outstanding all season ? @CPFC ❤?
— Jeffrey Schlupp (@Jeffrey_Schlupp) May 5, 2018
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) May 5, 2018
— Christian Benteke (@chrisbenteke) May 5, 2018
— Pape Souarè (@papesouare) May 5, 2018
Great comeback in the second half. Hopefully finish strong next week in front of our fans. Big thanks to fans for the full season. #cpfc
— James Mcarthur (@jamesmcarthur16) May 5, 2018
— Connor Wickham (@ConnorWickham10) May 5, 2018